Tony Blair warns Labour ‘marooned on fantasy island’

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Tony Blair has claimed Labour is “marooned on fantasy island” and faces the “stark” prospect of being replaced as a competitor for power in British politics.

In a speech in central London on Wednesday morning, the ex-prime minister said last week’s general election result was “no ordinary defeat” for Labour, after his party suffered its worst election performance since 1935.

“The result has brought shame on us, we let our country down,” Mr Blair said.

Setting out what he perceived as an existential threat facing the party, the ex-premier claimed Labour doesn’t have “the luxury of a slow march back”.

He said: “Unfortunately 2019 is much worse than 1983: then was our second defeat; now is our fourth.

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